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Blue is the new black (and red)

A staple at wedding wardrobes in India, designer Manish Malhotra’s collection that will be showcased today, aims to break the red wedding staple with the use of summery blues and yellows

Q. What made you pick blue as your central colour for this show?
A. Wevolve (in partnership with World Bank) is an initiative to address the issue of gender violence which I feel strongly about. Blue has been a very successful colour for me. Two years ago I had introduced blue at the couture week. Before that, if I would ask a bride to wear blue, I would get a ‘no’, saying that it was inauspicious. The silhouettes will be refreshing like the colours too, skirt-style lehengas, kurtas with trousers and shorts, fringes — I don’t want to run away from what I usually do, but reinvent.

Designer Manish Malhotra during the rehearsals for his show which will take place tonight
Designer Manish Malhotra during the rehearsals for his show which will take place tonight. Pic/Shadab Khan

Q. What made you choose a different location for your show?
A. My clothes are all about the experience. And The Great Eastern Home (pic top right) has a story, it is somewhere in Mumbai but the furniture is from all over the world; it’s luxurious, it’s vintage. For us as a label, we complete 10 years this year, and I think it is important that we take a step ahead. The atmosphere at the night here will add to
that experience.

Q. You were recently in Paris for the Dior show...
A. It took me two hours to reach the venue and by the time I reached, the show was over! The traffic in Mumbai is better than Paris. But I love the food and the shopping; I learned to have a lot more fish there.

Q. One of the first important steps in your tenth year is your soon-to-open menswear-only store in Delhi. What has the journey been like?
A. There was a time when I was working for 18 hours; doing a lot of films, and the cheques would bounce. I didn’t have a formal education to fall back on. I would wonder, ‘will this work for me?’ But today, when I sit in my haveli store after 10 years of completion, it makes me believe that it has worked.

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